Men Like Gods
Men Like Gods is a novel originally published in 1923 by H. G. Wells. It features a utopia located in a parallel universe.
Mr. Barnstaple, a journalist working in London and living in Sydenham. He... More > has grown dispirited at a newspaper called The Liberal and resolves to take a holiday. Quitting wife and family, he finds his plans disrupted when his and two other automobiles are accidentally transported with their passengers into "another world," which the "Earthlings" call Utopia.
Utopia is some three thousand years ahead of humanity in its development. For Utopians, the "Days of Confusion" are a distant period studied in history books, but their past resembles humanity's in its essentials. Utopia lacks any world government and functions as a successfully realised anarchy. Their education is their government. Sectarian religion, like politics, has died away, and advanced scientific research flourishes.
Boon is a 1915 work of literary satire by H. G. Wells. It purports, however, to be by the fictional character Reginald Bliss, and for some time after publication Wells denied authorship. Boon is best... More > known for its part in Wells's debate on the nature of literature with Henry James, who is caricatured in the book. But in Boon Wells also mocks himself, calling into question and ridiculing a notion he held dear—that of humanity's collective consciousness.< Less
The Research Magnificent
The Research Magnificent is the story of a man who was led into adventure by an idea. It was an idea that took possession of his imagination quite early in life, it grew with him and changed with... More > him, it interwove at last completely with his being. His story is its story. It was traceably germinating in the schoolboy; it was manifestly present in his mind at the very last moment of his adventurous life. He belonged to that fortunate minority who are independent of daily necessities, so that he was free to go about the world under its direction. It led him far. It led him into situations that bordered upon the fantastic, it made him ridiculous, it came near to making him sublime. And this idea of his was of such a nature that in several aspects he could document it. I ts logic forced him to introspection and to the making of a record.< Less
The World Set Free
The World Set Free is a novel written in 1913 and published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. The book is based on a prediction of nuclear weapons of a more destructive and uncontrollable sort than the world... More > has yet seen.
A frequent theme of Wells's work, as in his 1901 nonfiction book Anticipations, was the history of humans' mastery of power and energy through technological advance, seen as a determinant of human progress.
The novel begins: "The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal. . . Always down a lengthening record, save for a set-back ever and again, he is doing more."
The novel is dedicated "To Frederick Soddy's Interpretation of Radium," a volume published in 1909.< Less